The Noisy Oyster

6 Reviews
Phone Number 0227522196 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday 12noon to 3pm

Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday 6pm to 9pm

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Menu - N o i s y w i n e s - Updated August 2018 new menu 2018 - Updated August 2018  


R150 avg main meal
R150 avg main meal
Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Alfresco, Booking required, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jeanette Clark

The Noisy Oyster’s fun and flirty menu is indicative of the complete experience you will have when dining at this Paternoster mainstay. When last have you been confronted with foreplay (starters), intercourse (the naming convention chosen for the mains on offer), an afterglow (desserts) and spooning (fancy a cuppa to wrap it all up?) while having lunch or dinner? Our dining party started with a ménage à trois of a plate of three dips (the flavour balance in the pea and parmesan dip was divine) to share along with fleshy, fresh Saldanha Bay oysters – paired with a glass of bubbly. As you are simply a hop, skip and a jump away from the ocean, sticking with the seafood options for mains will serve you well. There is pan-roasted Panga with a medley of olives, capers, tomatoes, herbs and orange; saffron-spiced Mediterranean fish stew; clam linguini vongole baked in a paper bag and more in this category, but if you are all fished-out the menu caters with a variety of other dishes. Vegetarian selection is limited, but equally delectable.

Reasonably priced, varied wine options from the region (with a significant number available per glass) will complement any choice you make from the menu.

The service was quick and no-nonsense, considering that (like most evenings) The Noisy Oyster is fully-booked and buzzing. Blankets to ward off the nip in the air is a welcome touch.

After a bit of renovation during the 2018 off season, the pebbled courtyard remains its charming self. Usually jam-packed with relaxed patrons, it still reminds of Mediterranean beach afternoons.

Best for…
Kicking back with a group of friends for boisterous fun and laughter.


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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The Noisy has been a favourite of ours for 10 years. We go back every chance we get. The food gets better with as the chef explores and renews the menu, the service never fails, the wine list is always interesting and the ambience is unlike any other place in Cape Town, let alone the West Coast. Be sure to book as this is a sought after destination for all the foodies out there.
    I absolutely LOVE The Noisy Oyster! My boyfriend and I stayed in Paternoster two years ago over the Valentine's weekend and he had booked dinner there. That meal - especially the seafood laksa - still stands out in my mind. I would even go so far as to say it's the best meal I've ever had. The only sad part is that I live so far away - in Cape Town. We do have plans to go back, though. In fact, our plan is to wake up early one morning and to drive through just for lunch! That's how much we love this place.
    I was as sick as a dog after eating at The Noisy Oyster. The maasbanker wrapped in prosciutto was probably the culprit. It tasted very strong and worryingly bitter. Plating such an oily fish on very rich, creamy beans was a mistake, too, as the nature of that fish asks for acid. Regardless, I think the fish was off, and that night was no fun. Even though the waitress could see my plate was 2/3's full when I was finished, she asked no questions. I didn't see the point of saying anything if the attitude was that doff. The duck pate I started with was fine, my friend's 'watermelon and feta' salad contained a lot of iceberg lettuce and the dressing had stale oil in it. I see no reason to return.
    This was probably one of my top 3 meals of 2014 in the Western Cape region. We went for lunch and were treated to an exceptionally fresh and well prepared 3 course meal, very efficient yet friendly service and a charming courtyard. If you go to only one restaurant in Paternoster then this would be it.

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